Laying RR tracks in Laramie, Wyoming
I cannot remember if in school we ever had to line up alphabetically by last name. But I do know in the military that many formations the troops had to line up alphabetically two being Medical (for shots, etc) and payday. For many of my years in the military we were paid in cash and lined up A-Z.
(That is actually me signing for my monthly pay)
In the USMC at change of command our Company received Major Zeller. His first announcement was: “Stand at ease troops. I consider it a privilege. Da da da da etc. BUT for my entire Military career I have been last in line for payday. Some lines so long PVT Adams was having a beer at the ‘slopchute’ (Club) before I was paid. So now I am in charge and on payday we will line up alphabetically backwards, for the first time in their lives the Zintan’s and Williams will be paid before Pvt Adams! Dismissed!”
So tonight Imma bounce around, Wyoming will be in the small spot light.
We were introduced to Wyoming in 1983. We drove the south end. Beautiful country leaving Utah and driving just above the border of Colorado. One thing you notice is the wind. The newbie notices fences along the road. You learn later that they are snow fences. The snow makes a mound and forms a good barrier to keep the much of the windblown snow off the roads.
I will skip ahead many years to the same route. We misjudged the weather and left Salt Lake City too soon.(We began to get worried when the ice started building up on the wipers.) We were caught in a blizzard that shut I-80 down.
We found a service station that let us park until the roads were opened again. After a day we were on our way again. I met some very friendly and giving folk. WE find that in every town and every stop. This country is filled with great folk.
(On another cross country we saw Jackson Hole again. )
(The above arch is made of Elk antlers, one of at least 3 arches.)
Jackson Hole is located in Wyoming just below the “Yellowstone Nat’l Park. The country there is gorgeous overshadowed by the famous mountains, The Grand Tetons.
Sherry threatening to snow ball me in the pass above Jackson Hole.